Conference on Quality in Primary Care
Join us this fall for the 2nd Toronto International Conference on Quality in Primary Care on Saturday, November 16, 2019 as we welcome colleagues from around the world for a 1-day conference focused on improving health equity in primary care.
The conference aims to bring together healthcare professionals who share a concern and passion for improving equity in primary care and will provide an opportunity for networking, sharing, and dialogue.
The conference will be held on the pre-conference day of the 2019 North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel situated on the waterfront in Toronto. Registration will be open in early July via the NAPCRG Annual Meeting registration system.
The deadline to submit your poster abstracts has been extended! Please submit your poster abstracts by July 5, 2019.
For conference related questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto in November! #qualityTO2019
Conference Speakers and Panelists
Dr. Graham Watt
Dr. Sara Willems
Dr. Laura Gottlieb
San Francisco, USA
Dr. Andrew Pinto
Dr. Jody Currie
Dr. Evan Adams
In partnership with:
•Call for posters open: Friday April 12, 2019
•Poster submission deadline: Friday July 5, 2019
•Registration opens on NAPCRG website: July 2019
•Conference: Saturday November 16, 2019
This year’s conference theme is improving health equity. We are excited to bring together speakers from around the world who can share their journey and reflections on what we need to do to advance equity through primary care.
We anticipate that the conference will explore several aspects of health equity, including health disadvantages related to income, race, and social position. We will strive to be solution-oriented and highlight promising primary care approaches for addressing health equity. These include a primary care network to improve service in impoverished areas of Scotland, novel community collaborations in Belgium, integration between primary care and public health in Costa Rica, programs to address Indigenous health disparities in Canada and Australia, and examples of how practices have started to screen for and address social determinants in Canada and the U.S.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Graham Watt, general practitioner and professor at the University of Glasgow. He coordinated and led the Deep End Project from 2009-2016, based on the 100 most deprived general practice populations in Scotland, and remains an active member of the steering group and advocate for the exceptional potential of general practice, especially in deprived areas.
Graham Watt graduated in medicine at the University of Aberdeen in 1976 and after hospital jobs in Shetland, Leicester, Aberdeen and Nottingham, worked with Dr Julian Tudor Hart at Glyncorrwg in South Wales for a challenging series of studies on community dietary salt restriction. He completed professional training in general practice and public health; acquired epidemiological experience via the WHO MONICA Project, the Ladywell Family Blood Pressure Study and MIDSPAN Studies; worked for two years as a health services research manager in the Scottish Chief Scientist Office and for four years as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health; before spending 22 years as Norie Miller Professor of General Practice at the University of Glasgow, with interests in curriculum reform, academic GP career development, primary care research and inequalities in health care. From 2009-16 he coordinated General Practitioners at the Deep End, working with general practitioners serving the 100 most deprived communities in Scotland, an initiative which has now spread to Ireland, England and Australia, as encapsulated in his new book The Exceptional Potential of General Practice, with 55 authors from 11 countries, including 31 front line general practitioners.
Sara J.T. Willems, MA Health Promotion, PhD Medical Sciences (°1977, Ghent) is affiliated to the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Ghent University, Belgium. In October 2011 she became the first European professor in the field of equity in healthcare. She leads the Equity in Health Care research group, an interdisciplinary research group leading or partnering in numerous national and international research projects on equity in primary care. In 2018 she became the head of the department. Her work examines the relation between health care organisation and equity in access to care, treatment and outcomes of care. Her more recent work focuses on the equity dimension in quality and safety in primary care. Sara Willems is often consulted by international, federal and local organizations and authorities on equity in health care.
Laura Gottlieb is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network, a research network that conducts, catalyzes, and disseminates research at the intersection of social and medical care. Her research evaluates programs and policies related to identifying and addressing social risk factors in the context of care delivery.
Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab at the University of Toronto, a space to co-design and rigorously evaluate interventions that address social determinants at the individual, organizational and community level. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team. Dr. Pinto is building on local lessons and now leading a national effort to support primary care practices to screen for poverty and intervene.
Jody Currie is a Mununjahli Yugambeh woman with traditional ties to the country between the Logan and Tweed Rivers. In 2015, Jody was appointed as our CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane, one of the largest Aboriginal community health and human services organisations in Queensland. Jody has a lengthy history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, housing, early childhood education and human service delivery and is a strong advocate for improving the service accessibility to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has experience and focus on health, children youth and vulnerable families and has held a variety of roles in both the community and government sectors.
Evan Adams is of Tla’amin First Nation and serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In his role as CMO, Dr. Adams provides invaluable leadership representing the FNHA as he works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians. Dr. Adams leads a team of FNHA physicians—health and wellness partners to BC First Nations—who focus on First Nations health and wellness with a population health approach with the aim of creating a unique health care model that will be the first of its kind in Canada. He contributes to the continued transformation of health care and responds to the wellness directives provided by First Nations communities.
Bio coming soon
Poster Abstract Submission
The call for posters is now open! Please submit your poster abstracts by July 5, 2019 via the following link:
● Abstracts should showcase work in primary care that strives to improve health equity
● Abstracts should summarize completed work
● Abstracts must be submitted in English and not exceed 2,500 characters (approximately 300 words)
Please ensure your abstact includes the sections listed below.
Describe the community where the work was completed
Describe the inequities identified/considered among the client/patient groups served
Outline briefly the specific problem that you aim to improve
Describe the change you implemented and tested
Describe the process and timelines for implementing the change
Describe your approach to measuring the effect of the change including relevant analytic methods
What was the impact of your changes?
Describe how far this went to resolve the problems that triggered your work? What was the impact on equity?
4) Conclusion and Reflections:
What have you learned?
What would you do differently if you were starting again?
Registration will be open in early July via the NAPCRG Annual Meeting registration system.
$250 (USD) for physicians
$200 (USD) for non-physicians
$150 (USD) for residents/students
More information will be available shortly on potential scholarship opportunities to support travel expenses for participants from low and middle income countries.
Conference Planning Committee
Planning Committee Membership:
Quality & Innovation Program - Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)
Dr. Tara Kiran – Vice-Chair Quality
Ms. Trish O’Brien – Program Manager
Ms. Marisa Schwartz – DFCM, Administrative Lead
Dr. Joanne Laine-Gossin – DFCM – North York General Hospital
Dr. Tia Pham – DFCM, Michael Garron Hospital
Dr. Sakina Walji – DFCM – Sinai Health Systems
Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)
Ms. Allison Mullins – Communications
North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
Dr. Emily Godfrey – University of Washington
Dr. Zsolt Nagykaldi – NAPCRG/University of Oklahoma
Ms. Jill Haught – NAPCRG
Health Quality Ontario (HQO)
Dr. David Kaplan - Chief Clinical Quality
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)
Ms. Maria Judd – Vice-President, Programs
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
Dr. Jose Pereira – Director of Research
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